Emotional Andy Murray makes winning return with victory over Benoit Paire at Queen’s Club

Andy Murray made a winning return from injury as he beat Benoit Paire in straight sets (6-4 6-2) in the opening round of the Cinch Championships at Queen’s Club.

The former World number one looked solid in all departments during what was his first competitive singles match since defeat by Andrey Rublev at the Rotterdam Open in March.

Murray, who was sidelined with a groin injury, took just over an hour to see off the Frenchman as he set up a mouth-watering second-round showdown with top seed Matteo Berrettini.

Playing competitively for only the fourth time in 2021, the Scotsman missed the Australian Open after testing positive for Covid-19, while he opted to sit out of the clay-court season to focus his attentions on Wimbledon.

Murray marked his comeback at the place where he has enjoyed the most success during his career, having lifted the trophy a record five times at Queen’s.

His first match on grass for three years, Murray made a strong start; breaking to love in game four on the way to taking the first set 6-3.

Paire had only previously tasted victory in this event on one occasion and arrived with just three wins under his belt from 25 matches.

And the Frenchman was powerless as Murray broke twice more to take the second set 6-2 and book his place in round two.

There, he will face Italy’s Berrettini, who needed two tie-breaks to see off compatriot Stefano Travaglia in straight sets.

The world number nine has enjoyed an impressive start to 2021 – winning the Serbia Open, while he was runner-up in Madrid and a French Open quarter-finalist – and will provide a tough test of Murray’s credentials.

There was further joy for the home crowd as British number one Dan Evans overcame Australia’s Alexei Popyrin 6-4 6-4.

Evans’ first win at Queen’s since 2014 set up a second-round clash with Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

Second seed Denis Shapovalov and eighth seed Fabio Fognini also advanced in straight sets against Aleksandar Vukic and Yen-Hsun Lu respectively.

Meanwhile, fourth seed Alex de Minaur recovered from a set down to beat Laslo Dere 3-6 6-3 6-4.

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Andy Murray will begin his 2021 Queen’s Club Championship campaign with a clash with Benoit Paire from 3pm BST on Tuesday.

Paire’s form over the past two years has been terrible. The French ace has lost 13 of his last 15 matches on both clay and hard surfaces. Actually, he managed to win only three of his last 25 matches. When it comes to grass surface, Paire managed to reach the round of 16 in 2019 where he lost in straight sets against Roberto Bautista-Agut.

Meanwhile, Murray stayed out of action for many months due to an injury and began his 2021 season in a Challenger event in Biella where he lost in the final against Marchenko. Then, he tried his luck in Montpellier and Rotterdam, but couldn’t progress in the third round of any of these tournaments. However, it has to be said that the former British number one has been one of the best performers on grass over the last decade. He has won 105 matches on this surface while losing just 30 in the process.

Five-time champion Murray has won more singles titles than any other player in the history of the ATP at Queen’s Club, with his most recent triumph coming in 2016.

Both players have struggled lately, but we fancy Andy Murray to win here at the price of 1/2 with Bet365.

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The grass court season commences at the Cinch Championships at Queen’s Club, and a live stream is available for multiple matches.

The 118th edition of the event is part of the ATP Tour 500 series and will take place at the Queen’s Club in London from June 14-20.

The star-studded tournament features eight seeds and a series of qualifiers and wildcards competing for a prize fund of €1,290,000.

For most, the Cinch Championships will provide a final opportunity to fine-tune preparations for Wimbledon in a fortnight’s time.

Spain’s Feliciano Lopez is the defending champion from when the event was last held in 2019.

Matteo Berrettini, Denis Shapovalov, Jannik Sinner and Dan Evans are among the seeds, while five-time champion Andy Murray makes his return to competitive singles action for the first time since March following injury.

Murray has won more singles titles than any other player in the history of Queen’s Club, with his most recent triumph coming in 2016.

Selected matches are available to watch live on desktop, mobile or tablet devices in the UK and various other regions worldwide.

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How to watch Cinch Championships live stream

1) Go to Bet365 via this special link

2) Register an account and make a first deposit of up to £100 to receive up to £100 in Bet Credits*

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4) Select the play icon next to the match in progress and the stream window will appear

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